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Press Release: 28/12/07

A New Year’s Resolution with a Difference – Get Volunteering

Forget the usual “Lose weight”, “Get fit”, or “Give up smoking/drinking” resolutions; this year make a New Year’s resolution with a difference, decide to “Get Volunteering”.

Volunteering is about much more than just helping people or supporting worthy causes; it’s also about doing things you enjoy, meeting different people, increasing your skills – and having fun. Research shows that if you make a resolution which has a positive effect, you’re far more likely to stick to it. Deciding to “Get Volunteering” could be the best New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made.

There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities in the Leighton Buzzard area, from occasional driver to mentor, from dog walking to administration. Whatever your passion, whatever time you have, whether you want to be inside or outside, work with lots of people or on your own, there’s bound to be something to suit you.

If you’re a sports fan and want to share that enthusiasm with young people, the Heath & Reach Sports Association wants you. They are looking for volunteers to assist coaches at after-school and weekend training sessions in football, rugby, tennis, hockey, netball and basketball, with youngsters aged between 4 and 18 years. Coaching qualifications aren’t necessary but some sports knowledge would be valuable.

Kidsout needs someone for a short term project helping transfer paperwork and existing computer files into a dedicated Microsoft Access database. The organisation works to bring a smile to the faces of children who have disabilities or are disadvantaged and currently has about 1500 records that need extracting, sorting, reducing and entering in to the new system. The volunteer can choose their hours and work at the pace that suits them. Training will be given but basic computer skills are necessary and a working knowledge of Access is an advantage.

If older people are where your heart is, Bedfordshire Advocacy Service For Older People and Age Concern are just two of the groups in the Leighton Buzzard area that would welcome your help. Both need volunteers with good listening and verbal communications skills, who are non-judgemental and can explain things clearly without using jargon or talking down to people.

Bedfordshire Advocacy Service For Older People is looking for people to work with clients in helping them resolve problems they may be facing, such as housing or benefits issues, or finding recreational activities. Activities include visiting clients in their homes, letter writing, and information gathering.

Age Concern volunteers visit older people in their homes and help with completing benefit forms. Volunteers work in pairs and visit pre-arranged addresses only.

If your experience includes volunteering, charity law, planning, funding, personnel, IT or facilities management, Voluntary and Community Action South Bedfordshire (VCASB) would love to hear from you.

Voluntary and Community Action is a local development agency and umbrella body committed to strengthening the effectiveness of the voluntary and community sector in south Bedfordshire and is looking for trustees. Trustees help determine the focus and direction of the organisation, enabling it to best serve all voluntary and community groups in south Bedfordshire. You don’t need to be an expert in committee work as new members receive a full induction. VCASB is especially keen to receive enquiries from volunteers already involved with a voluntary or charitable organisation.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in and around Leighton Buzzard, contact Lucy, Rebecca or Janet at Volunteer Centre South Bedfordshire on tel. 01525 850559 for a Volunteering Directory or to arrange an informal chat.



Voluntary and Community Action, Bossard House, West Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1DA
Tel: 01525 850559, Fax: 01525 376281, mail@action-centralbeds.org.uk